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    March 3, 2014
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america. >> this is bbc world news america reporting from washington, i'm katty kay. -- russia tightens his grip on crimea. tells moscowma it's on the wrong side of history as sanctions against russia. pistoriusial of oscar gets underway in south africa with the first witness saying she heard one curdling screams from the former olympians house will stop >> welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. russia insists its troops will remain in ukraine until in their words come of the political
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situation has been normalized. there were reports earlier that ukrainian forces in crimea had been given until tomorrow morning to surrender -- surrender to the russians. russia has dismissed the idea of an ultimatum. we start our coverage from the strategic port of sevastopol. >> the crimea and the russian occupation -- a place of tension and sudden anger. outside the main sevastopol maple base, crowds have gathered. then a lone woman, nervous but determine dares to hold up the yellow and blue colors of ukraine. she is attacked and taken away. at the same base earlier in the day, a seem like something out of the russian revolution. the admiral of the ukrainian fleet argues in front of sailors
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with his successor who is loyal to ukraine still. they start singing the ukrainian national anthem. but will they fight the russian invaders? it is hard to believe, especially since they are mostly unarmed. one of their main targets this morning was to earn their secret files, not really a sign of defiance. and these are the men they would have to fight -- part of the 6000 strong russian participation force in crimea. their regimental identifications deliberately stripped off. this morning, these men arrived at the main army bases outside the regional capital. scenes like this have been repeated all across the crimea. ourhey demanded we hand weapons over to the control of russia, but we refused.
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this still remains a military base. >> in solidarity with the russian troops come a a line of pro-russian crimean vigilantes has turned up in a variety of old uniforms with their distinguishing orange and black ribbons. they are not exactly friendly. this is the new reality, today's reality in the crimea. these men here are essentially thisteers who want to show part of the ukraine belongs to russia. beyond them are russian soldiers who are the real force here. behind the walls are ukrainian bediers who are too weak to able to fight and simply cannot come out. >> at times like this, there is nothing particularly subtle about president putin. today, his forces were staging
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more military exercises at the air base in western russia not far from ukraine. he turned up at the control room at the base to let himself be filmed. he does not say the exercises have anything to do with ukraine. he doesn't need to. all of this is having its effect. in eastern ukraine, far from the crime area -- far from the crime era -- far from the crime era they are making their feelings hurt. the need to protect its citizens is a very real one. within 48 hours, russian hat -- russia has taken over the crimea and it soldiers control the crimean harlem and and they have the noisy support of much of the 60% of crimean citizens who are of russian stock.
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>> we love putin, we love russia. >> you are crimean. you are ukrainians. but we are russians. >> most europeans probably atught that for themselves least, invasion and occupation were things of the past. it seems not. tonight, by the way the ukrainian ambassador to the united nations says there are 16,000 russian troops in the crimea. in kiev, the new government has warned if conflict with russia would destroy the region. international efforts have increased with the secretary of state of the u.s. flying in tomorrow and the risch cemetery holding talks with the ukrainian prime minister today. our europe editor reports from the capital. >> outside the russian embassy in kiev today, there were protests against president
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putin. drivers sounded their horns at the port. they called on the russian president to take his hands off ukraine. if the russians took more aggressive action, these students said they would resist. >> we will fight because it is our country and our territory. defense, ministry of armed troops appeared at the gates as reservists were told to resume their duty. this colonel said at any minute we are ready to do our duty to protect our country. our patriotic spirit has never been higher. the word here is they did not want to give russia reason to start a shooting war. the foreign secretary, william hague, who was visiting key of them allayed plant at the site where protesters had been shot by snipers.
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he called on russia to withdraw its troops. situation cannot resolve, if russia cannot respect the sovereignty and integrity of ukraine, there will have to be other consequences. >> here, the foreign secretary was listened to closely. he said there would be consequences for russia but did not spell out what they might be. there are no military options on the table but the question is whether the west is prepared to try to isolate russia economically. the crisis is dividing families. this russian is married to a ukrainian. she supports ukraine, which upsets her family back in russia. argued with my family trying to explain our points of view but it seems like people just don't want to hear each other. it is really bad and it hurts us. >> in the capital, there is
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angle -- there is anger and fear. countryre of their seems to be another's hands. russia's foreign minister saying its troops will remain in crimea until the political situation is formalized, what is president putin's strategy and why is he intent on intervention? are diplomatic correspondent has this assessment of the view from moscow. >> what is a mind of vladimir putin? how far will he go and what does russia want? tonight, the united nations, the russian ambassador announced the intervention in crimea was entirely justified because ukraine's ousted resident had written to mr. putin asking him to send troops in. >> chaos and anarchy reign in the country. particularly in the southeast and crimea, they are under threat.
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theasked gunmen seize crimean parliament come a giving them a chance to vote in a new crimean leader. they instantly asked moscow for help. landhere at the northern crossing point with the rest of ukraine -- then russia's black sea fleet went into action. it's up to 25,000 military personnel at its bases in crimea. ukraine accused russia of violating an agreement by adding 6000 more and securing the whole peninsula with land and naval patrols. the latest report suggests a further russian buildup just across the border. there's also the other fear that russia might seize control of either by using pro-russian -- or an invasion.
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on alert because of military exercises across the border. presidentsupport for who den in moscow yesterday. though there is a suggestion some of these people may have been specially bused them. many in russia are genuinely going along with what they're being told. there is an evil government that seized power in kiev related to racist ukrainian nationalists that need to be stopped at all costs. lex be fear is the russian authorities believe there propaganda and make mistakes that might open the gates of hell. lex is not clear what the west can do to deter putin from going further. maybe the economic impact at home will make impossible to today, russian shares limited and the ruble plunged to an all-time low after fear the crimea is prepared to go to war.
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the united nations has held an emergency security council session on ukraine today. it's the third such meeting in just four days. in a sense am a today, we had this conflict from one location -- ukraine, russia and the united states, all speaking out about the crisis. >> to be honest, it's like time traveling at the united nations. returning to the days of the cold war when russian and american ambassadors would go in hammering tones at each other to the extent of branching props. the prop today was a letter from the ousted president of ukraine. it was held up by the russian ambassador. asked russia to intervene in ukraine to preserve these him a stability and legitimacy.
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they were speaking of ultranationalist forces in ukraine that were anti-russian, anti-semitic and under western influence all stop he portrayed russia's intervention really as a humanitarian act. he said they were upholding the ultimate human right, the right to life will stop the ambassador to the united nations said that had no basis in reality. she said the russians were not involved in a humanitarian mission and this was a violation of international law. lex the west is fairly furious with moscow. how much support does moscow have it the united nations from other parts of the world? >> there are 50 members of the united nations security counsel. 10 of them are rotating members. all members that spoke today expressed concerns and opposition for russia's action in crimea and ukraine.
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for russia inrt the united nations security council and it was a very angry session. talking about the reagan administration's invasion of grenada in 1983. the british ambassador speaking of 1956-19 68, a reference to the soviet crackdown of what was hungary and czechoslovakia. history is on everyone's mind. as world leaders struggle to find a solution in ukraine, president obama was dealing with the elusive middle east these plan, welcoming judgment netanyahu to the white house. toughama stressed decisions now need to be made by israel. it is a topic i discussed with former middle east envoy, george mitchell, but we begin with the major news of the day in ukraine.
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lex president obama said russia is on the wrong side of history. with all of your experience negotiating trouble spots, is that an effective type of language to use at this page? >> i think it is. this is a very serious action. president newton is getting away with a similar effort with respect to georgia, essentially the same playbook. i don't think it's likely to happen this time because ukraine is not georgia and i think europeans are deeply concerned about this as well as united states and other allies. i think this was an overreach by putin and the united states and its allies stand firm. not running military action, i don't think that is feasible, but economic and diplomatic sanctions would have real right in russia and in effect on their future. >> the president had tough language for america's allies in
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israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu in the oval office -- he warned in an interview that if premised are netanyahu is not committed to a piece eel, he has to come up with that alternative. do you think he will listen to language like that? >> i don't think there is a thing wrong with that language because it's simply stating the reality. i think the prime minister is well aware of that. the real question is whether both sides in terms of the government and society are prepared to take the painful steps necessary to reach an accommodation in this conflict. i think it's very much in the interest of those societies and they think they ultimately will do so soon. struck me listening to prime minister netanyahu this afternoon -- he was talking that israel had done hits hard at the palestinians have not all stop it shows how not far we have
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come. we have just not come very far. we are still dealing with real basics here. >> you have to keep in mind public statements made by leaders in advance of negotiations usually represent their initial negotiating positions. the real challenges when they get into negotiations, whether they can find a way to reach an agreement that is politically acceptable to both sides. that is the great difficulty. i think it can be done and will be done. it's just a question of whether it's now or some future time, but i think the risk to both sides, the israelis and palestinians from not getting an agreement are far greater than the risks of getting an agreement, though those are real and valid on both sides. >> george mitchell, thank you for joining me. >> thank you. a going to come come
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home with an oscar. we will have more with the night big winners in hollywood. >> in venezuela, protests against the government continued over the weekend. the leader of the opposition called for citizens to organize into committees to keep pressure on the government. >> venezuela's beaches and an incomparable mood. the president extended the holiday and urged people to relax. toy poured into the capital the test government mismanagement and law and order. -- while the government does not control inflation, while we have insecurity, public transportation does not work.
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we will continue protesting in the streets. hashe embattled president tried to dampen protests by promoting carnival along with subsidized food at the government run markets. he accused the opposition of trying to spoil the opposition. >> i declare the venezuelan people have one. the venezuelan people have one because happiness have one and defeated the opposition. venezuela is at peace. as theful thinking almost nightly ritual began with protesters hurling rocks at the national guard who responded the tear gas will stop >> government doesn't want to listen. they say they want dialogue but they order the national guard. they need help from the international community. working on as
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mediation strategy for venezuela, but for now, violent confrontation appears entrenched. >> the long-awaited trial of former olympian, oscar pistorius, started today in south africa. he is accused of murdering his role friend will stop a witness told the court she heard a woman's bloodcurdling screams followed by the sound of gunshot the night of the killing. the story is set he shot his girlfriend by mistake of believing she was an intruder. calm, focused, oscar pistorius arrived in court this morning, knowing if the child doesn't go his way, he could face life in prison. outside, the mother of the woman shot.
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she had never met the story is in the flesh before but came to court today to look him in the eye. live around the world, pistorius rejected the charge that he deliberately murdered his girlfriend. >> do you understand the charges? >> i do, my lady. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty, my. >> his lawyers said they would prove it was a terrible mistake. believed she was an intruder hiding in the bathroom. >> my windows were open. >> then came the states first witness, a neighbor who did not want to be filmed. story,es on the next less than 200 meters away from the story is as home him a close enough to hear the gunshots inside the apartment. bang, bang, bang.
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>> more important way, she said she heard the sound of a woman screaming repeatedly in terror before the gun was fired. >> it was led curling. it was something that leaves you cold. that is vital evidence for the prosecution and a sign the couple may have been fighting that night, a possible motive. pistorius osler went on the attack wondering what the witness had heard. when his voiceu pitches, it sounds like a woman. >> but others would swear it was pistorius shouting that night. thisdifficult start, but is going to be a long trial.
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>> an estimated 43 million people in america watched the oscars last night. films "gravity" and "12 years a slave" swept the awards. >> you can't keep everyone at the oscars happy all the time, but she certainly has something to dance about. "12 years a slave" was her first feature film and she one best supporting actress. you chargequeen, everything you fashion with a breath of your own. for putting mech in this edition. it has been the joy of my life. >> steve mcqueen's brutal story toplavery was tipped for
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honors along with "gravity." that film one best director and most of the technical categories, seven oscars and all will stop the biggest haul of the night. ellen degeneres cap the show lively, and tweeted a live star packed pictures that managed to grind a social network to a halt. kate lynch it won best actress for her performance in "blue jasmine." >> thank you so much for casting me. >> matthew mcconaughey won best actor for "dallas iris club" and his costar took the award for best supporting actor. the best picture went to "12 years a slave." >> one man who brought us all together to tell that story, and that is the indomitable mr. steve mcqueen. >> i dedicate this award to all
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the people who have injured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. thank you very much. >> he is the first black director to win the best movie, and what a way to celebrate. thanks to "remedy" a lot of roots are walking around with the little golden statues. but the night belonged to "steve mcqueen and 12 years a slave." worth waiting out it was not a bad night for the brits at the oscars. that brings our show to a close. you can carry on watching bbc world news on our 24 hour news channel. check out our listings there. inc. use a much for watching. we will see you back here tomorrow.
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